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The Mating Season

de P. G. Wodehouse

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Fiction. Literature. When Gussie Fink-Nottle, after a convivial evening with "Catsmeat" Pinbright, is sentenced to 14 days without the option for wading in the fountain at Traflagar Square, Bertie Wooster sees the red light. For Gussie is an expected guest at Deverill Hall, and clearly his enforced absence will give rise to immediate inquiries. From this point it will be but a short step to a complete revelation of the scandalous details of his escapade and Bertram well knows what would be the effect of this intelligence on Gussie's fianc, Madeline. As always when a rift appears in her love affairs, Madeline will transfer her simpering affection to Bertram and the grim prospect of having to endure the grand passion of this female stimulates Bertie to the sternest of endeavors to forestall catastrophe. But as usual, Bertie's involvement causes further entanglement, which only Jeeves can unravel.… (mais)
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Oh, Wodehouse. Always delightful, ever reliable. In contrast to the short stories, whose prime focus is on wit and joie de vivre, the Jeeves and Wooster novels give the author a chance to showcase his tight plotting skills. The barrage of mistaken identities and double-crossing - which reached an apex in The Code of the Woosters - makes The Mating Season (the 5th of 11 novels) another blissful Bertie Wooster romp. Almost a contrast to the following novel, Ring for Jeeves, in which Wooster doesn't appear, this book gives Jeeves a very minor role, but he isn't missed among the outstanding supporting cast. Top marks particularly to any moments involving Madeleine Bassett, and to the uproarious provincial variety night.

The later novels, starting here, expose the "floating timeline" Wodehouse used in his works.
Published in 1949, after Wodehouse had been permanently exiled from the UK to the USA because of his wartime activities with the Germans, the author has his characters making reference to developments of the current era and speaking much more forthrightly than when the series premiered 30 years earlier. Yet in other ways, life for the characters hasn't changed much (and they're definitely not 30 years older). It's reminiscent of Hercule Poirot's unusual aging process, but with a kind of willful playfulness.

A gem of a book from one of my favourite frothy comedy series of all time. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
The complicated situations gives yet more scope for the humorous dialogue. The series is following the trajectory of Tintin, and a certain modernity is creeping in, but there are still milk trains. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 16, 2023 |
The best British postwar farce. Fight me. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
I’ve spent a lifetime not reading P.G. Wodehouse. Too artificial, too contrived, too cosy. I was adamant on the matter. Having, over the last couple of years, taken the radical step of actually reading some of his books, I am happy to confirm that the rest of the world was correct when they said Wodehouse is one of the most entertaining writers who ever drew breath.

I can also attest that Wodehouse on the page is much better than any of the various television adaptations. I say this with the total authority of a man who has never watched any of the various television adaptations. It’s a safe bet, though, as the greatness of Wodehouse lies in the narrative voice and that’s a tricky thing to replicate on the telly. This man was a poet wearing cap ‘n’ bells. Words? He made them dance.

He could also whip up a delightful soufflé of a farcical plot with the best of them. This one concerns the course of true love never running smooth and a gaggle of obligatory fearsome aunts at the equally obligatory country house. For the purposes of the obligatory labyrinthine plot, Wooster arrives at Deverill Hall pretending to be Augustus Fink-Nottle followed by Fink-Nottle pretending to be Wooster. The expected hilarious, not to mention convoluted, consequences ensue.

The world of Jeeves and Wooster never existed so it never dates. Wodehouse creates a prelapsarian world peopled with benign characters (‘fearsome aunts’ very much included) and renders it blissfully funny. No mean feat and, given the cynicism and darkness of much of what passes as contemporary comedy, a blessed relief. ( )
3 vote gpower61 | May 3, 2022 |
Wodehouse is sublime.
The scenes that will stick with me most are Gussie, in cross talk-act garb of checked suit and fake red beard, being chased across a field by the village constable, and Poppy Kegley-Bassington's modern dance ... "It consisted of a series of slitherings and writhings, punctuated with occasional pauses when, having got herself tied in a clove-hitch, she seemed to be waiting for someone who remembered the combination to come along and disentangle her." ( )
2 vote ReadMeAnother | Feb 11, 2022 |
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Wodehouse, P. G.autor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Fiction. Literature. When Gussie Fink-Nottle, after a convivial evening with "Catsmeat" Pinbright, is sentenced to 14 days without the option for wading in the fountain at Traflagar Square, Bertie Wooster sees the red light. For Gussie is an expected guest at Deverill Hall, and clearly his enforced absence will give rise to immediate inquiries. From this point it will be but a short step to a complete revelation of the scandalous details of his escapade and Bertram well knows what would be the effect of this intelligence on Gussie's fianc, Madeline. As always when a rift appears in her love affairs, Madeline will transfer her simpering affection to Bertram and the grim prospect of having to endure the grand passion of this female stimulates Bertie to the sternest of endeavors to forestall catastrophe. But as usual, Bertie's involvement causes further entanglement, which only Jeeves can unravel.

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